- Rolls Royce: Leader in Aircraft Engines
Rolls Royce: Leader in Aircraft Engines
is the second largest manufacturer of aircraft engines
in the world. The first aero engine produced was in 1914. By 1920, aeronautics engines generated most of their business. Nearly half the aircraft engines used in World War I by the allies were produced by Rolls Royce. Today, more than 30 types of commercial aircraft use Rolls-Royce engines. Nearly 13,000 engines are currently in service. The Trent family of engines has the distinction of being the market leader in the wide-body market. In the past decade, seven new business jets have been powered by Rolls-Royce engines. Almost 1000 Embraer aircraft are powered by the Rolls-Royce AE3007 engine.
The new Trent 1000 engine has had several firsts. It was the first engine to power the Boeing 787 during testing in 2009. It also powered the first test flight of the 787-9. When Air New Zealand ordered their 787-9, it was the Trent 1000 engine that powered the aircraft. Other customers of Rolls-Royce engines are in over 120 countries and encompass more than 380 airlines. The end result was generating underlying revenue of $26 billion in 2013. To accommodate their current success, Rolls-Royce opened a new manufacturing facility in the UK. The new $168 million facility will use ground breaking techniques to produce the Turbine discs used in their engines. When fully operation in 2016 the 18000 square meter plant will produce 2,500 turbine discs a year. These discs will hold 68 blades that each produces more power than a F1 race car. Within the high pressure turbine
temperatures will reach 1700 degrees centigrade, requiring each blade to be coated with a special ceramic to prevent them from melting.
Posted on August 1, 2014